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the only host of the only podcast, at last.

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Dying ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ at Latinx Stand-Off.

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I don't want to comment on a lot of they pod but I really want to point out a problem with corporate culture. I have worked for corporations for many decades. In my job if I do not show up for work. There is no way for the corporation to generate revenue. I am a front line worker who produces a reimbursable product. Middle managers and higher ups, if they don't show up for work- money still will be made. So what to do- they have to justify their jobs with ideas to generate more revenue. Problem- many of these ideas are counterproductive- the return on investment is super low or just a bad idea. Nike was the example. My daughter was a barista/manager at busy midwest coffee chain. She worked at the busiest downtown store. She called me upset- "They want me to push pound coffee sales on the customers and we are supposed to sell so many per week , my customers get to the front of a long line, they want their coffee and have to get to work." I told her some guy figured we have x number of customers at your store if we can get say 10% of x to buy coffee, we will make X dollars. But her customers never bought coffee. I told her some guy at desk had this idea, it will blow over and they will have another stupid idea. In the suburbs , people will buy the bulk coffee as it is a slower store and they have more time and it is a different crowd. That is what the upper management never sees , the nuance of what works and what doesn't.

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Apr 10, 2023ยทedited Apr 10, 2023

Really good episode but who are these players in the NBA that could be doctors? I used to play pickup with two former D1 players โ€”one of which has a brother on the fringes of the league โ€”and to put it mildly, they were quite dumb.

I just assume if youโ€™re exceptionally tall and/or athletically gifted, then the player naturally has less interest in academic achievement. They donโ€™t have to worry about studying hard and scoring highly on SATs to be admitted to Duke, UCLA, Stanford, etc. Plus, these high potential athletes are generally given special treatment during schooling that wouldnโ€™t really foster a strong learning environment where they could excel in higher education without assistance.

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Just here to acknowledge today's heartbreaking ending to the brief but fiery Musk-Taibbi love story. Good Friday, my ass.

In these difficult times I find it helps to lean on the immortal words of Elvis Costello:

"It's been a good year for the nutters."

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Bruh the Klostermann interview was GOOD. C'mon. It's Chuck. We got the Jim Rome anecdote and you let him cook.

My eyebrow raised slightly from the odd aside at the end of the Bomani interview when he made some comment about the people you shouldn't give voice to. (paraphrasing) I didn't give it much thought because I assumed it was Will Cain. I didn't make the connection that of course it was Whitlock.

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You forgot to ask Katie her thoughts about the new NPR podcast replacing the 4 cancelled podcasts: This American Rape: a new 800 episode deep deep deep deep dive into the intersection of race, gender, class, intersectionality, and power dynamics, as seen through the lens of campus rape culture. It's a can't miss!

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Great podcast Ethan, I like Katie quite a bit as a paid subscriber to their bar product. The element Iโ€™m confused by is the Whitlock aspect, you gave Bomani who is radical left a try and Will Cain who is certainly right an opportunity but no Jason? Ironically your episode with him on Fearless is where I learned of you and hos, I continually contend hos is the best $9 I pay for anything a month, I also have huge disposable income. With that said, I will never understand the general antipathy of Whitlock, he is allowed his opinions like the rest of us and entitled to his world view. In a world of endless victimhood, uber indoctrination, outrage in perpetuity, a fascination with racism where the supply doesnโ€™t equal the demand, he simply appears to not espouse the same orthodoxy of the equity (reverse discrimination) crowd. But then again Iโ€™m not a registered voter, just a fan of your work who found you via the man you mentioned not offering a forum to, cosmic irony at minimum.

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Sports "IQs" mostly just match the player populations SES background. So hockey is highest of the four main sports. But I am sure if there were figures for Polo players, or dressage that would be even higher.

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I'm not sure I buy that a mile runner can be low intelligence and also be super successful. Anything up to the 400 meters then sure, those are all basically purely athletic events. Maybe the 800 meters at less competitive levels of track. But with the mile you gotta have a game plan and an understanding of the race as well as your competition. I'm not sure that low IQ and neuroticism will help you in a race when lactic acid buildup is starting to take effect and you're short of breath.

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